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Why does the Death Star have a trash compactor?

The Death Star is 160 km across, or 80 km radius. It is a mixture of air and metal and other substances. If we assume it is roughly as dense as water (as it looks roughly as dense as a ocean going ...
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Why does everyone think that the Millennium Falcon is a piece of junk?

The Falcon is an old ship. According to EU/Legends, it was built 60 BBY. While the pace of innovation may be debatable, most people wouldn't consider an average freight truck from 1955 to be anything ...
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Was any character alive during all of the Star Wars episodes from I to VII?

Assuming you are talking about the main characters Chewbacca is alive througout 1 to 7 (Note he was born 200 years before the battle of Yavin an he is still alive by the end of Episode VII)
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Why did George Lucas set Star Wars in the past instead of the future?

The goal was to evoke fantasy, not science fiction. Placing it in the dim and distant past freed Lucas up to create a visual and sound palette that was unique, without incurring the ire of 'hard-...
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If Luke Skywalker didn’t want to be found, why did he leave a map?

Throughout the movie people kept calling it a "map to Luke Skywalker" but I think they were being a bit sloppy with their phrasing. At one point, Han mentions that everyone believes Luke left to find ...
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Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise-D?

The Millennium Falcon is (approximately) 58,000 times faster than the USS Enterprise-D. The (Galaxy Class) Enterprise-D's top speed is stated to be Warp 9.8. DATA: Projection, sir. We may be able to ...
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How many times was Obi-Wan less than honest with Luke?

TL;DR: How do you know Ben Kenobi is lying? Because he's opening his mouth. 50% more untruths than truths in ANH. 56% more untruths than truths in Ep 4+5+6. DISCLAIMERS/EXPLANATIONS: The way I ...
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Is Luke Skywalker actually a Jedi?

Yoda (the sole remaining Jedi Master) sets one very specific precondition on Luke being able to call himself a Jedi, that he has to confront Vader. “No more training do you require,” Yoda assured him....
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Why are ships in Star Wars so ridiculously easy to steal?

Many of your examples are military. In real life military, many vehicles do not require a key to start. They rely on the security of the base to prevent unauthorized usage. I'll try and find a link ...
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What language(s) were Yoda's speech patterns based on?

In an article addressed, this subject was. “Surprisingly, there are a very few languages—it seems to be in single digits—that use OSV [Object Subject Verb] as their basic or normal order,” Pullum ...
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Since when has Darth Vader had a sense of humor?

Vader has quite a dry sense of humour and can often be found quipping at mildly inappropriate moments, especially when choking people, which he really seems to enjoy. One assumes this is a habit he's ...
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Did Luke play any significant role in “Return of the Jedi?”

Luke's actions in ROTJ were instrumental in the destruction of the Empire and the death of the Emperor. Luke successfully invaded the stronghold of Jabba the Hutt, freeing his friend Han Solo. Han ...
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Why does everyone think that the Millennium Falcon is a piece of junk?

Just a moment after Luke's “What a piece of junk!” line we see a prime example of why it looks so junky: 52:21 in Star Wars (Harmy's Despecialized Edition) A big 'ol blast mark, right next to the ...
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Was any character alive during all of the Star Wars episodes from I to VII?

The Sarlacc Regarding the Sarlacc in the a Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine, C3PO: In its belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering as you are slowly digested...over a thousand years. ...
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Is there any material which cannot be cut by a lightsaber?

In the movies, what lightsabers can cut through seems to be, at best, a mixed bag. Focusing on the earlier movies, IV, V, & VI, where the technology is first introduced, I looked at two major ...
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Why do ships burn in space when hit by lasers?

All of these ships have a breathable atmosphere inside of them, as well as flammable materials. If oxygen is leaking because of a hull breach, it can burn. It's also a common misconception that there ...
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Why did Stormtroopers leave their stations to watch lightsaber duel between Vader and Kenobi?

Though whether Darth Vader actually held rank in the Imperial military was unclear, he is still at the very least a VIP aboard the Death Star. The stormtroopers choosing to provide such an important ...
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Was Luke in “Return of the Jedi” really “better” than Obi Wan in “Revenge of the Sith?”

I'm going to argue that Luke "defeated" the Emperor not through strength in the Force, not through skill in the Force, but by his unique positioning to stand at the intersection of the Light and Dark ...
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Why was Darth Vader so careless?

That’s kind of his job. He’s Number One to the Emperor’s Picard, Luca Brasi to the Emperor’s Godfather. He’s there to put a bit of stick about, kick ass and take names, demonstrate strength and ...
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Why does Kylo Ren wear a mask?

Psychological warfare. Vader was the death dealing wizard right hand man of the evil emperor for well over a generation. More than likely, his image is still enough to put a good portion of the ...
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Why did Luke use his left hand to shoot?

Luke is pretty consistently shown to be ambidextrous (having the ability to use both hands without favouring one) throughout the original trilogy film series. In A New Hope he totes a gun and shoots ...
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How did no other engineer see the design flaw of the Death Star?

They did, but Galen misdirected them There's a supplemental document included in the Rogue One novelization, comprised of several messages sent between Galen and one of the engineering managers, ...
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Why does the Star Wars universe use such a primitive technology as data-tapes?

Because it's the backup and backups are better on tape. The fewer moving parts an object has, the more robust it is. Additionally, the long term degradation of electronic memory cells is a problem. So ...
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Was any character alive during all of the Star Wars episodes from I to VII?

Maz Kanata is over a thousand years old. From the novelization: Han indicated the soaring walls now rising before them (...) "The galaxy’s full of watering holes, but nothing like this place. It’...
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If the Galactic Empire had over 25,000 Star Destroyers, why were only 27 at the Battle of Endor?

From the script (with my emphasis): MON MOTHMA: The data brought to us by the Bothan spies pinpoints the exact location of the Emperor's new battle station. We also know that the weapon systems of ...
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Was Kylo Ren's lightsaber activated by the character that it then killed?

The film's official novelisation categorically disproves this theory Then, as the light from outside was fully blocked by the flow of descending, accumulating dark energy, Ren ignited the ...
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Why did Luke call the lightsaber by a different name?

He was mocking Rey. He was arguing to Rey that he wasn't the savior she thought he was, and he wasn't going to return and go defeat the First Order on his own. He mis-identifies the lighstaber to mock ...
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How valuable are C-3PO and R2-D2?

The wealth of a farmer is noteworthy Wealth is relative to your point of view. While we can look at Tatooine and see it as a poor locale compared to the rest of the civilized galaxy, on the local ...
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